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Published on November 10th, 2010 | by Becky Striepe


Type 2 Diabetes Linked to Sugary Drinks

Pouring out a bottle of Vitamin Water

A recent study published in Diabetes Care found a strong link between sweetened drinks and type 2 diabetes.

For most of you, this seems like a no-brainer. Loading up on sugary drinks is not a healthy choice for your health or your waistline. Soda is hardly a health food, and we know those empty calories are no good for your body.

While correlation doesn’t necessarily equal causation, sussing out links like this is the first step towards determining if sugar sweetened beverages cause certain health problems, and a link like the one in this study is definitely something worth studying further and grounds for taking a look at or beverage intake.

Researches looked at over 300,000 subjects and 15,000 potential causes of type 2 diabetes and found that subjects who had 1 or more servings of sugary drinks per day were 26% more likely to develop the disease.

What Defines a Sugar Sweetened Beverage?

Of course, soda pop and other sweet drinks loaded with high fructose corn syrup and sugar fall into this category, but the researches also included fruit juice concentrates on their list of sweeteners. The sugars in concentrated fruit juice act on the body in the same way that many refined sweeteners do.

They didn’t consider 100% fruit juice a sugar sweetened beverage, which I sort of found interesting. While 100% juice like orange or grapefruit does contain vitamins and minerals, you’re missing out on a vital macronutrient that helps offset sugar’s effects on your body: fiber.

I’m sipping on an Silk nog latte as I type this and thinking that I need to cut these sugary drinks down to a weekly or semi-weekly treat, rather than a few times a week. So, what do you guys think? Are you going to reassess your sugar sweetened beverage intake?

[h/t Planet Green.]

Image Credit: Creative Commons photo by deanaia

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My name is Becky Striepe (rhymes with “sleepy”), and I am a crafts and food writer from Atlanta, Georgia with a passion for making our planet a healthier, happier, and more compassionate place to live. My mission is to make vegan food and crafts accessible to everyone!. If you like my work, you can also find me on Twitter, Facebook, and .

4 Responses to Type 2 Diabetes Linked to Sugary Drinks

  1. Lizzy says:

    I’ve actually quit having sugary drinks cause I had gestational diabetes and am at high risk of developing Type 2 later on…So isn’t it better to prevent than cure?

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